Since I still receive a lot of comments and email about the browser project that was once started by me, called Latitude. Latitude has been discussed in depth on this blog, so I won’t spend an entire new article on it. I was really quite fond of the concepts behind Latitude, but as all the members of the team have no free time to spend on it, we have to be frank after months of inactivity and call it quits.
Fortunately (or rather, unfortunately), it seems not all concepts shown in the mocked up screenshots of Latitude will go lost with the demise of the project. Apple has patented (yes, legally patented) a few of the ideas that we have discussed online. These patent filings appeared in late 2008 on websites like Macrumors, and as a team, we were quite surprised to see them. For us, it won’t matter, but I hope it won’t stifle innovation in the browser marketplace. I do hope to make an announcement in January that will relate to this, and I hope it will also help in a future where I hope to see more well-designed and useful browsers. So long, Latitude, we barely knew ye.